This Sunday May 5th, 1pm Eastern time, the last two Very Berry Gumheads go up for sale on my shop page here. If you missed Kaiju Cult, here’s your chance! $90 free shipping with coupon code GUMWAD, comes with a mini print.
Teeth are one of my favorite things to sculpt (if you hadn’t already guessed). I think it’s because it’s the tiniest thing on a tiny thing. Gumhead heads are about an inch wide.
Gumheads are elemental spirits. They begin as forgotten wads of gum, stuck under tables and chairs. Most bubblegum is ordinary, but every once in a while, through a twist of fate (and a little saliva), old gumwads awaken as mischievous sprites.
Sticky and malleable, they love to steal and hoard tiny objects. They’ve got your DNA in them, but gumheads aren’t always friendly. They have a penchant for chaos when left unattended, but are easily won over with gifts and attention. Under the right circumstances, gumheads are fun companions and can bring good luck and adventure.
Get yours at @KaijuCult on 4/20. RSVP
Double cast resin before varnish
My tiny horde of monsters, washed and ready for paint. This is a double cast toy, so after I paint them, they’ll get embedded in translucent resin. They have tiny clear hands in their future.
The first drop of this toy will be at the Kaiju Cult show 4/20 7pm-midnight at Little Tree Studios. I’ll be posting more sneak peeks as I get ready!
The core form will get embedded in translucent resin. After I do a few successful prototypes, I’ll start trying out colors!
Pouring the second half of a mold. I mix the silicone twice, transferring it into a clean cup to get a thorough mix. Not pictured, I use a vacuum chamber to pull air out of the silicone before pouring. I’ll be pressure casting later, so this step is important. Casting under pressure crushes trapped air, forcing resin into tiny details, allowing clear resin to cure bubble free. If any bubbles are left in the mold, pressure casting will cause it to deform wherever there are voids. Science magic!
To build the tiny rocket, I started by sculpting the body and fins separately. I carved notches in the body to recess the fins and make a stronger connection. After painting, I finished it with a matte varnish and a drop of high gloss in the window.
Gold, green, blue, purple. 🌖 I sculpted epoxy clay over a wood sphere using the tools in the last photo.
The planet itself is a premade wood sphere. I made a pattern for the ring system out of chip board, checking the size and fit against the sphere. After sculpting the rings out of clay, I made a mold and pressure cast translucent purple tinted resin with laser glitter. The cast is stretchy for the first few hours after casting, allowing me to fit it precisely on the planet. The planet was painted with a supershift chameleon pigment that looks different depending on how the light hits it.
For sale at the Wonder Goblin webstore. I started with a wire armature, built up the form with paper and tape, then sculpted on top with epoxy clay. Swipe to see the layers!
Check out these photos @wondergoblin took of the Mega Galactic Void! At 11 AM ET today the Void goes on sale in the Wonder Goblin webshop with all the unsold inventory from the Kaiju Cult art toy show. Set your alarms! 👁⏱
At a towering 15 inches tall, the Mega Galactic Void is on view tonight only at @facetgallery for the Kaiju Art Toy Extravaganza. There’s going to be crazy monster art by 50+ artists along with Japanese snacks, a cash donation bar, and a screening of Godzilla afterwards at the Plaza. Hope to see you there!
Save the date—Sept 22 at Facet Gallery 7-10 pm.
I usually work on more complex sculptures like this in separate pieces to start with. I keep them separate as long as possible so that the painting/ finishing process is easier. It’s always satisfying to get to the last step, when I can finally see the sculpture as a finished whole.
This is my first time using color change flakes–I can’t wait to see how it looks after the clear coat!